Q: I got hurt at work. I slipped and fell, I had on my slip resistant shoes. I went to the doctor they told me too go to.
I didn't go to ER, I went on the 4th day after the fall. my fall was not my fault managers told me. They watched the video, and said it was a hard fall. My back, neck,and head hit hard. The first PA I saw he didn't really examine me. He wrote a note for me to not lift more than 15lbs, no running, dancing, no doing a lot of things. He prescribed me pain medicine only. I called them Monday because the pain meds was not helping me. I went in on Monday and I saw a different PA. He said I have muscle spasm all through my back. I told him the pain had gotten worse, he gave me a shot prescribed me different pain medicine and muscle relaxer. The paper that I'm to take back to work. Says that I'm improving not getting worse, I go back tomorrow and I will tell them to change the paper, because I never said I was getting better, I said worse. I asked for MRI on my neck and back, from the first PA. He said would have to wait 4-6 weeks for the swelling to go down. Can I request a second opinion?
A: Whether you get a 2nd opinion depends on what for...If your employer had WC coverage you probably should request an ombudsman through DWC to assist you with your claim. The are appointed to help you by DWC and they are free.
A: I'm not sure exactly what your question is. My advice would be to contact a local workers' compensation attorney to advise you right away on your legal rights and responsibilities. Time really is of the essence for you to be provided with the best legal advice. Most attorneys will speak to you for free over the phone. My office does. I will be in trial today until after 1:00 pm. My staff will be available for general questions. Feel free to contact my office or a lawyer of your choice. You are not going to get all your answers here. Good Luck.
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